News: 18-Oct-15

  1. Moscow activists rally against Russian airstrikes in Syria
    A group of Russian anti-war activists have protested against the Kremlin’s actions in Syria and corruption in Russia. The effects of Syria intervention would only get worse, protesters claim.
  2. Iran to Step Up Military Support for Syria
    Iran says it will step up its support for Syria, but denies it will be in the form of fighters on the ground.
  3. US confirms Iran tested ballistic missile
    UNITED NATIONS : The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in “clear violation” of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.
  4. Latest incident of Saudi Arabia friendly fire leaves 30 dead in Yemen
    Saudi-led coalition jets have killed 30 fighters and injured 40 more in a mistaken attack on a military camp in Yemen. It is the latest in a series of friendly fire incidents.
  5. Cuba denies it sent troops to Syria
    The Cuban government on Saturday denied what it called an “irresponsible and unfounded” report that it had sent troops to Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  6. Russia ready to assist Iraq in fight on Daesh: Antonov
    A senior Russian defense official has announced his country’s readiness to extend military assistance to Iraq in its battle against the foreign-backed Daesh terrorists.
  7. How Many ISIS Fighters Has the US Actually Killed?
    The U.S. Defense Department cautions against using ‘body counts’ as a metric of success in its campaign against the Islamic State. But it continues to advertise them anyway.
  8. Saudi airstrikes mistakenly kill 20 troops in southern Yemen
    Sanaa: Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels mistakenly struck a pro-government military encampment, killing at least 20 fighters and wounding another 20 in the latest instance of friendly fire in the anti-rebel camp, security officials said on Sunday.
  9. Putin shows his realism in Syria
    Anatol Lieven – The Russian government has a number of different motives for its intervention in the conflict in Syria.
  10. As Conflicts Flare Up, Leaders Fan Sectarian Flames in Middle East
    CAIRO — The Shiite leaders of Iran and the Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia traded insults over the deaths of hundreds of Iranian pilgrims near Mecca.

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